Recently I had the chance to experience one of the Mother City’s finest 3-star, self-catering hotels, The Best Western Cape Suites Hotel. The views of the city skyline and Table Bay from the hotel are enough to make you feel as though you’re on holiday. Often you take the city you live in for granted. Not visiting all its ‘happening’ spots, and constantly returning to your old favourites. So it’s always nice to set yourself in the heart of the city to explore.
After the long trip from the Southern Suburbs, we drop our bags in our one-bedroom suite and are pleasantly surprised at how spacious it is. With a fully-equipped kitchen, air-conditioning and lounge, the suites are ideal for all types of visitors: families, businessmen, and even noisy school groups. (The suites also come in studio, one, two and three bedroom options.) But we are on our own, enjoying what our city has to offer - at our leisure. We start out on the balcony; enjoying the mild weather, view and a refreshment. I generally find that self-catering options are best. There’s only so much restaurant food I can take while on holiday, and to come back to my room and make a simple sandwich or salad is such a relief.
Apparently the Best Western Cape Suites Hotel offers the most affordable per bed rate. So it’s definitely a great option for those on a budget. And the facilities will make you feel as though you are getting a whole lot more for your money. The hotel has two restaurants, and the breakfast room offers an a la carte menu, which was a great surprise. The menu isn’t huge, but there’s definitely something for everyone.
After a busy day in the city we retire for our meal at the hotel’s restaurant. The wine list offers really good options for wine by the glass. I order the Cabernet and am pleased to receive a Villiera Cabernet, which is simply delicious. And, for three courses with a glass of wine, the bill comes to only R210 per person. Now that’s a great deal.
We eventually get back to our room and flop down on our really big bed and realise it’s actually two twin beds, which is always better than a double bed - especially if you have a queen or king size of your own at home.
Overall, we really enjoy our stay. The staff are friendly, but not in-your-face. The village-style building gives the hotel a more relaxed, family feel. And, if you’re not a local, you’ll be happy to know there is a free shuttle service to the airport and waterfront. So, although you’re only five minutes from the V&A, you’ll be able to shop till you drop, because the shuttle can come and pick you – and your bags – up after a long day of shopping.
For more information visit www.capesuites.co.za